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Mixed views expressed about 'double patenting' through new unitary patent framework

Businesses, trade groups and intellectual property (IP) specialists are split on whether UK rules should allow inventors to obtain both a UK national patent and a new unitary patent for the same invention, according to the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO).... 19 Mar 2015

More health and safety offenders likely to appeal, says expert, as magistrates get power to issue unlimited fines

Companies and individuals charged with health and safety offences in England and Wales will be likely to change their tactics in the courts following last week's removal of the cap on fines imposed by the magistrates' courts, an expert has said. 16 Mar 2015

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Supreme Court: telephone promise committed bank to property development funding

A Scottish judge was entitled to conclude that a bank had committed to provide funding to a property developer during a telephone conversation, the UK's highest court has ruled. 13 Mar 2015

Creation of Scottish Sentencing Council brought forward to October

A new body with oversight of judicial sentencing policy in Scotland will be up and running by October, six months ahead of previous plans, the Scottish Government has announced. 23 Feb 2015

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